Plantar pressures during long distance running: An investigation of 10 Marathon runners

Erik Hohmann*, Peter Reaburn, Kevin Tetsworth, Andreas Imhoff

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The objective of this study was to record plantar pressures using an in-shoe measuring system before, during, and after a mara-thon run in ten experienced long-distance runners with a mean age of 37.7 ± 11.5 years. Peak and mean plantar pressures were recorded before, after, and every three km during a marathon race. There were no significant changes over time in peak and mean plantar pressures for either the dominant or non-dominant foot. There were significant between foot peak and mean plantar pressure differences for the total foot (p = 0.0001), forefoot (p = 0.0001), midfoot (p = 0.02 resp. p = 0.006), hindfoot (p = 0.0001), first ray (p = 0.01 resp. p = 0.0001) and MTP (p = 0.05 resp. p = 0.0001). Long-distance runners do not demonstrate significant changes in mean or peak plantar foot pressures over the distance of a marathon race. However, athletes consistently favoured their dominant extremity, applying significantly higher plantar pressures through their dominant foot over the entire marathon distance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-262
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sports Science and Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes


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